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Celebrating 125 years of epic photography

By: Catie Leary on Sept. 28, 2013, 9:45 a.m.
Camels and burning oil fields

Photo: Steve McCurry/National Geographic

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Kuwait, 1991

Black clouds from burning oil fields loom above desperate camels foraging for shrubs and water in southern Kuwait during the Gulf War.

Photographs from the front lines of regions ravaged by human strife can also illuminate the stark environmental cost of war.